This elegant matched sterling silver tea accessory set was designed by renowned Danish silversmith Georg Jensen and consists of a lemon fork and sugar tongs. The Art Nouveau influenced set has a naturalistic motif with both pieces featuring curvilinear shapes reminiscent of a bud on the verge of opening. The design includes a series of round pea-shaped seeds which spill from the bud like a string of pearls. The set is similar to Jensen's 1919 design 'Blossom / Magnolie' and would be a great addition to an existing collection of that pattern or work equally well on their own. The fork and tongs come complete with their original velvet and satin lined presentation case.
The highly collectible tea accessory set is in excellent condition and has never been used. I would imagine someone received these as a treasured gift and never took them out of the box - they even retain their original paper tag inscribed with a price of $47.50 inked in fountain pen.
Both the fork and tongs bear Georg Jensen hallmarks with the three-tined 4.5" lemon fork also carrying the design number "132" stamped into the back. The tongs are well constructed and operate freely, measuring approximately 3.75" in length. The pieces weigh a combined 1.27 ozt. The box itself is in good condition with very little wear to the corners. That said it should be mentioned the snap closure is not operational. The box measures 5.75" long, 4" wide and 1.125" deep and is marked "Georg Jensen New York" on the inside of the lid.
This terrific cased Jensen sterling lemon fork and sugar tong set display beautifully and would make a wonderful gift or would be a great addition to your own collection of fine silver. A lovely and useful set!
A note on the practice of drinking tea:
The practice of drinking tea originated in China a few thousand years ago, and over time elaborate rituals developed around its consumption. Victorians became enamored with drinking tea in the 19th century and are credited with popularizing it in the Western world. Tea leaves became so valuable that households stored tea in locked containers and it was considered a luxury item associated with social prestige.
The social dictates of the Victorian age led to the development of specialized cutlery for use in tea drinking, including tools used for traditional accompaniments like sugar and lemon. Set such as this were an important addition to a host or hostess' serving repertoire.
Vintage Georg Jensen Sterling Silver Matched Sugar Tongs and Lemon Fork Tea Accessory Set